Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
– Isaiah 41:10
Today, we encourage you to pray for the most vulnerable children like Amos who you know by name. Hands at Work deeply desires for each of our children, to have a personal relationship with Jesus, knowing and believing the unconditional love that He has for them. Ask God to give the most vulnerable children a spirit of joy and hope in the midst of desperation. Through the Godly display of love from their Care Workers, pray for each child to feel a sense of belonging, hope and love for their future.
Amos* is a year old. For the first few months of his life, Amos was staying with his mother whose sister, Margret, is one of the Care Workers from Mapalo Community Based Organisation (CBO) in the community of Mwaiseni. Initially, when Amos was born, some of the family members wanted to take him to an orphanage because they were worried that his mother would not care for Amos. Thankfully, other family members and the Care Workers were committed to Amos and fought to ensure that Amos stayed in Mwaiseni, where they could see him grow up and care for him. Margret and her younger sister, Elizabeth, took responsibility for Amos and today, Amos is living with Elizabeth, her husband and their ten children. Elizabeth is acting as a mother-like figure to Amos and treats him as her own child. – Mwaiseni, Zambia
Every Tuesday, the Care Workers from Mwaiseni Community Based Organisation meet together to share, encourage and pray with one another. Over time, the Care Workers are learning what it means to be open and vulnerable with one another. Other people in the community have started joining these meetings because they have seen the fruit of the Care Workers’ time together and the positive impact that it is having on the rest of the community.
Mwaiseni Community, #Zambia. Since birth, Mwenya* has lacked full use of one leg and one arm. His father, realising his disability was permanent, abandoned the family when Mwenya was three years old. His mother tries to support the family through finding work each day, but this type of work – unskilled and temporary - is not a stable source of income. More often than not, she is unable to earn enough money to support her family’s needs. #CareWorker Gertrude found the struggling family four years ago, and her heart of compassion drove her to care for this family. She began visiting their home and building relationships with both Mwenya and his mother. Mwenya began attending the #LifeCentre and in the past four years has made immense progress. He is able to speak properly and his health and strength have improved. He freely interacts with the friends he has made at the Life Centre and, though he has a quiet and gentle personality, he has a big smile and is gaining confidence. #ServingTheMostVulnerable#Joy